Program Level
Federal

Certification & Administration Level
National

Program Authority

Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act; 13 CFR Part 124

Applicability

Federal procurement contracts identified by the contracting officer

Mechanism
Sole source, 8(a)-competitive

Application fee
None

Reciprocity
None

Certification Term
9 years, continued eligibility reviewed annually

Application
Electronic only
Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

Business Size
SBA size standards

Personal Net Worth
$250,000 for initial eligibility; $750,000 for continuing eligibility

Citizen
US citizen

Minimum Time in Business
2 years